Pediatric dentists and their staffs have special training in using a variety of nonpharmacologic (no medication) approaches to help your child have a positive dental experience.
For example, we will use positive reinforcement to help guide your child’s behavior with verbal praise and rewards for being a good helper.
We also offer an ‘Open Bay’ of dental chairs, where your child may sit and watch other children cooperating for their cleanings, or see how their older siblings enjoy their visits. This will help them gain the confidence to be a great patient too!
In these situations, our doctors and staff will discuss with you the option of sedation dentistry.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Our doctors may recommend Oral Conscious Sedation. Often referred to as a “kiddie cocktail,” oral conscious sedation is a drink that your child will take in our office prior to their dental treatment. This technique is intended to induce a cooperative, yet conscious state in an otherwise uncooperative child. The medication regiment will be custom tailored to your child’s specific age, weight, and dental needs.
The goals of a sedation are
- provide the most comfortable, efficient, and high-quality service for the patient
- to control inappropriate behavior on the part of the patient that interferes with such provision of care
- to thus produce in the patient a positive psychological attitude toward future care
- to promote patient welfare and safety. For many children, oral conscious sedation is a pleasant and positive experience
For a small percent of patients, oral conscious sedation may be ineffective due to their extensive dental needs and/or inadequate response to oral sedative medications. Under these circumstances, a deeper sedation such as IV Sedation or General Anesthesia may be recommended.
General Anesthesia (GA)
For some patients with complex medical conditions, extensive dental needs or failed oral conscious sedation, it may be necessary, based on the recommendation of your child’s physician, that their treatment would best be completed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. In this case, the Doctors would refer you to the appropriate facility.
Please feel free to contact us if you need additional information or have questions regarding General Anesthesia procedures.
Our practice can provide a wide range of dental services for your children. Our flexibility in our services saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one practice. Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits, regular checkups and continued home oral health routines.
We provide many preventive measures to keep your child’s teeth clean and healthy, including sealants and fluoride treatments. We also educate the parents in early detection of some common problems children may face, including thumb sucking, bruxism and baby bottle tooth decay.